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Atlantic Caribbean Union Symposium May 25

On Wednesday May 25, 2016, the Atlantic Caribbean Union Symposium (a joint service) will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, 135 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. All churches will be involved in this activity and our Lord Transform Me coordinator, Pastor Peter Joseph will give further details on the churches’ involvement. Each pastor and his district will present his baptismal goal to the Lord and seek the transforming power of Christ to achieve that goal. ( Photo insert: Pastor Leonard Johnson, ATCU president

Inter-American Division Dates for Special Emphasis

These are important dates in the Inter-American Division (IAD) of Seventh-day Adventists taken from the IAD CommNews, an e-newsletter from the IAD Communication Department

May - Drug Awareness Month

The General Conference has proposed the month of May for drug awareness, to encourage Seventh-day Adventists to say NO to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. For resources, visit the official page

Sabbath, May 7 — Reach the World: Using Communication Channels
The strategic plan of the world church, "Reaching the World" includes different actions that seek to use the media to share the message of the three Angels’ message. This day will entail using social networks, radio and television to share Bible and Spirit of Prophecy. Promote the Hashtag: #MyBibleSays #rbhw (Revived by His Word) and #BHP20 (Believe in His Prophets). For more information visit our resource page.

Sabbath, May 7 - Remembering the Orphans Day
On this Sabbath and the days leading up to it, we will send reminders on the importance of caring for orphans, since we have the responsibility and opportunity to be a good influence in their lives.

Sabbath, May 21 - Adventist Volunteer Emphasis Day
This special day will provide opportunities and show the benefits of working as a volunteer missionary through the Adventist Church. For more information, visit this Facebook page and the official page of Adventist Volunteers.

Sabbath, May 28 - World Day of Prayer for Children at Risk
There are many ways to help homeless children around the world. One way is to unite in prayer on Sabbath, May 28. Find ideas and resources here.

30-31 May — "Lord Transform Me" Regional Summit - Nicaragua
With the launch of the "Lord Transform Me" initiative, the IAD has organized several meetings with laypersons to guide the implementation of departmental projects in the local church. The first meeting will be in held in Managua, Nicaragua, where the Central American union delegates will meet. Use the hashtag #LordTransformMe


The Seventh-day Adventist Church Encourages Participation in Gender Equality Referendum

The following is an official statement from the Adventist leaders in the North and South Bahamas Conferences and the leadership of the Atlantic Caribbean Union on the upcoming referendum.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes and advocates that all Bahamians have the right to exercise with equality their privileges and freedoms as citizens. As it relates to the issue of gender equality, the Seventh-day Adventist Church views both males and females as having been created in the image and likeness of God as noted in Genesis 1:27.

Given this fact, the Adventist Church commends the bi-partisan vote of parliament as it sought to address the obvious gender inequality in the constitution of the Bahamas. Furthermore, the Adventist Church affirms its support for the fundamental principle of treating all citizens (male, female, young, old, religious, non-religious, of whichever socio economic or ethnic background) as equals under the law.

Notwithstanding some concerns expressed by some of our church members regarding aspects of the Bills, the Adventist Church continues to believe in the objective of addressing the present inequalities relating to males and females. Additionally, the Seventh-day Adventist Church urges all involved to present, discuss, and educate our citizens without any hint of politicizing this critical national issue.

Accordingly, while encouraging support for participation and discussion in the upcoming referendum slated for June 7, 2016, the Seventh-day Adventist Church respects the rights of its members to exercise their God-given and constitutional freedom to choose based on the dictates of their conscience.

Pastor Leonard Johnson
President, Atlantic
Caribbean Union

Pastor Paul Scavella
President, South
Bahamas Conference
Pastor Henry Moncur
President, North
Bahamas Conference

Lifestyle Wellness Weekend Seminar

Be a part of the weekend health seminar hosted by Healthy Lifestyle Centre & Deli and Live Well.Live Long on the weekend of May 26-29 2016. It will be held at the Church of God Auditorium, on Joe Farrington Road with a registration fee of $250.00 per person.

Dr. Mark Sandoval of Uchee Pines institute will be one of the featured speakers so you don't want to miss it! For more information contact Dr. Alvira Higgs at 322-8314.

South Bahamas Conference Host Meeting On Amendments to the Constitution

The Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department (PARL) of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists sponsored a meeting on the Amendments to the Constitution of The Bahamas at the Centreville Adventist Church, off Collins Ave, on Thursday the 21st of April at 6:30 p.m. Leaders from the National Constitution Commission headed by its chair, Attorney Sean McWeeny, and assistant, former Justice Rubie Nottage and other team members, were invited by PARL to explain the amendments to the members. The meeting was hosted by Pastor Paul Scavella, president of the Conference and PARL director.

Justice Rubie Nottage eloquently presented the four amendments after which the time was open for questions from persons present. The four bills for the amendments of the constitution will be presented to the citizens of The Bahamas in a referendum on June 7, 2016. The bills address gender equality, including giving the same rights to women as are given to men in our country, with the view of ending discrimination in our country in the particular areas that the bills address. The meeting not only attracted members of the Adventist church but also members of the community.

In 1995 the world Annual Counsil of the Adventist Church made this statement about human relationships and equality: “Seventh-day Adventists deplore and seek to combat all forms of discrimination based on race, tribe, nationality, color, or gender. We believe that every person was created in the image of God, who made all nations of one blood (Acts 17:26). We endeavor to carry on the reconciling ministry of Jesus Christ, who died for the whole world so that in Him "there is neither Jew nor Greek" (Gal. 3:28). Any form of racism eats the heart out of the Christian gospel. . . The equality of all people is one of the tenets of our church. Our Fundamental Belief No. 13 states: "In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him, and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation." [ See Full Statement ]

Adventist members were encouragedto exercise their rights to vote by the PARL director Pastor Paul Scavella.

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